Riddick, the third film in following the infamous criminal of the same name (a sequel to Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick), has had a somewhat rocky production and even though it wrapped up filming a few months ago, there's been nary a mention as to when fans might see it. Now we know as Universal Pictures has finally announced a release date.
The sequel to Chronicles of Riddick has been long-gestating. First it didn't seem like it was going to happen, because of the director's (David Twohy) insistence on an R rating. Then things finally came together and Vin Diesel started showing off concept art and minor details on his Facebook page. Filming finally started...then had to shut down because the money stopped coming. Eventually the money came back and production resumed again. So, it's been a long and winding road to this film.
At least there's an end in site as Universal has set the film to release on September 6, 2013. So it's right on the tail end of the Summer season, which is probably for the best. Considering the franchise doesn't have as much brand recognition anymore, it'd be tough to put it up against the heavy hitters like Man of Steel or even The Wolverine.
Obviously Diesel is pretty happy about it and had this to say on his Facebook page:
"Our page has been up for over three years... Before FB knew what a million fans was... you pioneers of social media were chanting for the next chapter. So for me, it is surreal to look back at some of the older posts, and the comments that followed. Even the discussion boards... haha, I remember a great thread one of you created comparing biblical characters to the Furyan. The art work you have created over the years... you made it happen. You really do inspire me... and your voice is manifesting, what you want to see... and yeah, that's cool.
P.s. I know, I am talking too much... but I am proud of you..."
Personally, I'm looking forward to it. I never thought Chronicles deserved the hate it got, and I'm ready to see what these guys can bring to the table next. What do you guys think?